Today, we revisit our Ode to the Office series. If you’ve missed past episodes, we did Odes to Sticky Notes, Coffee Brewers, Zoom Meetings, White Out and the Undo Button.

This one is a little different though. For one, it will be a little bit broader than just work. For another, it is a little more on the serious side. So sorry about that.

Today we offer up an Ode to Change.

Personally, there has been a lot changing in my life. At work. At home. Change can be good. And change can also throw us some curveballs. We all experience change in life. In various forms and at various times. It’s one thing that’s guaranteed in life so we better learn how to not only deal with it but also prepare for it and grow from it.

Well, we could talk about it all day, but I’d rather just jump into today’s ode.

Ode to Change

You come to us all as we walk through each day
There’s no one outside of your reach
You tell us to move when we’d rather stay
For there’s something that you’re trying to teach

Familiar is good and it’s peaceful and calm
We could stay here forever, we feel
But you nudge us and prod us and move us along
As a new path is slowly revealed

The footing is rocky, not firm like we’d like
As we take steps into the unknown
Our vision is dim like a wet foggy hike
But we follow the path that we’re shown

Some change can be painful, with loss by its side
There’s an ache and a longing that’s there
And though things may look great to those on the outside
On the inside a heart is laid bare.

Sometimes we’re stuck between life that is stable
And a landscape that’s different and new
But each timeĀ  we change we learn that we are able
To grow and to boldly walk through

So thank you, our friend, for refining and molding
Our lives as you stretch us once more
We may not have asked for the plans that you’re holding
But there’s so much that you have in store.

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